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Old 01-26-2010, 08:41 PM   #16
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Hi Guys

I found your forum searching for information on this very topic, and wanted to share my experience so far with you guys. For me starting out, I knew I HAD to have my meals delivered for a while for not only convenience, but also correct portion control and no fuss healthy eating....BUT....Im a foodie! So I knew going in Id probably hop across a few before I settled on one that I liked.

I've tried 2: 2 weeks of Dietstogo lo carb 7 days a week, and Im finishing my 1st week of BistroMD 7 meals a day plus 2 snacks. Both have not so good breakfasts, if you can,try to stay away from anything quiche like...it just doesn't translate into a tasty meal reheated - along the lines of disgusting in my taste. Fresh scrambled eggs at home and gimmielean sausauge is better on my tastebuds...so I think Im dropping breakfasts...my dog ends up eating them most of the time anyway.

Dietstogo was spotty for my taste, some good others HORRIBLE...their packaging was often broken too - by that I mean the trays were literally shattered cracked or broken, which makes it not very easy to take it to work to reheat and eat...leaking everywhere. I didnt mind for dinner cause I put it on a plate to heat, but luch bothered the heck out of me. The turkey meatloaf and all of the fish to me were inedible to me. They serve spinach pretty much with every meal...including breakfast. They also dont use the spice cabinet much or if they do its way overdone - super salty, or totally bland...so much garlic your mouth burns, or completely over peppered....but they have a good price, and although I haven't tried it, their vegetarian deal looks yummy. They also once gave me this processed cheese looking stuff on broccoli, which I frowned on. I really don't want to pay $20 a day for processed food...AT ALL. So for all of that I knew time to move along and try someone else.

BistroMD is a bit more expensive, but so far has been OUTSTANDING ! The meal portions are bigger, and Im sure the veggies are fresh not frozen. When I reheat them the carrots are still crispy. Their chef is just really much better in the recipe repertoire. I haven't had a single lunch or dinner that wasn't satisfyingly delicious and a nice sized meal. I like their packaging too, as they give you your lunch in a travel microwavable tray, and the dinner in a airtight bag to reduce waste. I like that!

I was taken back initially by the carbs. Im a low carb dieter normally, and still have trepidation about being on this plan, but its working well. very balanced with protein I guess because its definately working for me...and the taste is terrific. The bonus of the snacks (which I dont always eat) has been fun to find new things that taste great to me, are filling, but arent so bad for the weight loss goal. Getting your crunch on while dieting is a little slice of heaven honestly.

Anywho - I just wanted to chime in. If you can spare the few extra bucks, and you like Dietstogo...you'll LOVE BistroMD.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:13 AM   #17
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I have been through the gamet of delivered meals.. and by far Bistro wins hands down.
I know they are a bit more in the dol lar sense but lets get real. If you can't eat the food no amount of savings is going to make it any better. I find on Bistro I am never hungry.. I sometimes Want something but not becuase of hunger..
I also agree that breakfast that is homemade is soooo much better.. I make up a lg portion of Irish oatmeal and freeze the portions to use as needed.. and make up either my own version of Egg McMuffin or Eggbeater omelets. or have Kashi Go Lean and Almond breeze.. w some fresh blueberries or strawberries..

I get my snacks from Diet Direct .. and get what works best for me.. along with some fresh salads.. this meal plan is the best I have found.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:50 PM   #18
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My story starts in January 2009.

My 2009 New Year resolution was to battle my weight. Everyone was raving about Nutrisystem. I have ordered it and have managed to stay on it for about a week. All foods tasted terrible (brown gravy in every meal made me vomit) except for snacks. 2009 past, I have gained another 5 lbs.

My 2010 New Years resolution was the same. This time I looked around. I have heard about Zone diet. That was perfect for me since I didn't cook.

On February 1, 2010, I started ZoneManhattan 7-day 5-meal delivery service for 31 days. The food was delicious, but not enough. It does not fill you. But I decided to stick to it. I also ate 1 Jolly 100 cal Popcorn every other day. I went from 231.5 lbs to 218. Not bad. Except for my allergic reaction to onions that ZoneManhattan promised to avoid in my customized meals. Once, I had to use EpiPen. I have decided to renew the program for 2 more months.

On March 4, 2010, at 218 lbs I have continued with the program. I took a break from March 18 until May 1 due to my business travel. I was very preoccupied with my meals and have managed not to gain any weight.

On May 1, 2010, at 214 lbs, I have continued. As of yesterday, I have reached 196.5 lbs. Unfortunately, I had to stop the program because the company kept on failing to adjust my meal for my allergy requirements (check their website - they claim that they tailor meals for any allergy). The second EpiPen was the last straw for me. If you are not allergic to any foods then this plan is for you. You will consistently shed pounds.

Today, June 14, 2010, at 196.5 lbs, I have started on Nutropia program (same cost as ZoneManhattan, and they deliver meals 5 instead of 7 days a week) where I may chose my meals for the entire week.

I need to reach my 150 lbs goal.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:23 PM   #19
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Just want to add this info here since Freshology is recommended in this thread:

I do not recommend Freshology at all. Their customer service is a joke. If you have any delivery issues, as I did with the food no longer cold and therefore no longer safe to eat, the Freshology policy is do not under any circumstances admit fault and offer a refund or even a credit. They take the line the food was delivered - not our fault - we use the #1 delivery service. Yes, they offered to make sure future deliveries arrived on time - but took no responsibility for the problem delivery.

My advise - avoid Freshology like the plague!

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Old 03-05-2011, 02:44 PM   #20
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Thanks for all your imput re: diet delivered meals. Can you provide a 'ball park' figure for a weekly cost? I would be unable to factor in $29.per day costs,but I'd like to provide my own veggies. I've been going over and over trying to decide about Nutrisystems,but the taste of the food seems to be a real turn off for many. I'm also considering just buying frozen meals. Feedback is appreciated.
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Hi,

With bistro MD I am paying $184 for 7 days w/out the snacks. Checked out a few others including a fresh food delivery in Seattle, I can't recall the name right now, but it was around $259 a week and that did not include delivery ... Freshology was around $1300 per month.

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With bistro MD I am paying $184 for 7 days w/out the snacks. Checked out a few others including a fresh food delivery in Seattle, I can't recall the name right now, but it was around $259 a week and that did not include delivery ... Freshology was around $1300 per month.

Hope that helps,
how are you doing with md bistro weekly? loving the food,and is it working for you?
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I started February 15 and have lost 8 pounds so far .... I had lost three before I started. I have enjoyed the majority of the food, and so far have had only one meal that I absolutely hated, which was last night. But I have added those to my do not send list and their customer service is fantastic
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I am currently doing healthy chef creation meals (out of FL) - 5 lunches and dinners per week - all organic and fresh, not frozen, delivered once a week. I get the "send me whatever" plan, but you can customize for more money.

It works perfectly for me it allows 2 meals "out" each week, which is about how often I go out with friends. I do (non-delivery) yogurt/orange juice/coffee every morning for breakfast (but you can get breakfast from them too - and even a 7-day all-in plan with snacks, etc.).

Lunches are around 200-250 cal, high protein, med-carb, low-med fat, dinners around 350-400 cal, higher in protein, lower in cal. In the 10 weeks I've been doing it, I don't think a single meal has been repeated - for dinner it is usually 1 beef, 1 chicken, 1 turkey, 1 vegetarian, 1 fish, sometimes pork or lamb. Salads and wraps for lunch usually, but even good variety there.

Now for the downside - it is quite expensive - I have ordered 5 weeks at a time and it is about $950 for that - it averages to $18/meal. But that includes shipping. And I have never eaten so well in my life - every day is like going to a gourmet restaurant. In addition to the not having to cook/measure/portion, etc. Totally worth it.

I have also just discovered that we have a local similar service in San Antonio - MYFit foods. I don't know if they offer delivery, but I will be able to stop by their store and pick up. The price will be about half what I'm paying now - I hope their food is at least half as good. ;-)

At any rate, that's my experience with pre-made delivered healthy meals so far.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:05 PM   #25
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Default I need a reasonable diet food service for delivery that tastes like real food please

OH MY GAWD IF ANYONE OUT THERE CAN HELP ME PLEASE DO!!! First off I was a nice size twice in my life- I got preggers at 145lbs gained over 200lbs ontop of that alot of it had to do with toximia, and I tried for 3years to get it off, dietpills fenfen, pondimin, and meridia, and phentermine, everything you name it I tried it, even injections of placenta down in ocean city nj ewww to try to lose it, I also tried nutrisystem too, I did get the diet surgery in 2004 because I had my baby girl who was worth all this in 2001-but after the surgery,in 2006 I got cdiff, from a bad antiobiotic called bioxin, they gave me it twice in a row for a sore throat, what that pill did to me, was almost kill me, I got down to 74lbs and Im 5'9 I needed a feeding tube to service, and then tpn for nutrition, it ate my bones because I had no protein, and the dr that performed my surgery I heard didnt do it well and alot of his patient were either in the hospital for malnutrition or dead, this all started in my early 30's well after having over 19 hernia operations because it did that too me, from having no stomach muscles and blockages, and nerve damage in my left leg, and now 2 hip replacements later, Im finally starting to come around, except I got my weightloss SURGERY REVERSED in Feb 2011 of this year, and was afraid to do it , from a different doctor, well it pretty much looks alot better, I have gained weight I dont need a feeding tube, or tpn, but I do still have the nerve damage which is a reminder of the embelism's I had to that all most killed me from weight loss surgery, please PEOPLE OUT THERE DO NOT EVER GET WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY- TRY ANYTHING BEFORE YOU GET THAT, ITS SO NOT WORTH IT, I LOST 10 YEARS OF MY LIFE TRYING TO LOOK BETTER AND FEEL BETTER, But now because I dont want to get big again from eating, which I'am not going to lie, I do love the taste of food, especially my own home cooking, I'am going to try a diet food place that will deliver, I looked into ZEN which is pretty expensive, and some of these other diets are too, they want like eight or nine hundred even 1200 for only 2-3weeks of food, I'm sorry but my cash flow isnt the greatest since I dont get a huge check, I either am hoping someone sees this and can tell me maybe what foods I can buy and cook myself to lose weight, and which ones make you lose weight faster, or someone can tell me about a dietservice that delivers that is reasonable, I also heard the zone diet is expensive too, but I could probably make alot of these meals too, I really think its alot about portion control, but I still dont eat big portions, not just because of how small my belly was, but since its been reversed, I guess because of the hernia surgeries , I dont eat huge portions, but I do love to taste good food, if its freezer dried, or tastes microwaved or soggy its so not for me, I want something that tastes how its supose to taste, not something that tastes like hardware if you know what I mean, and I do like ice cream too for dessert but not sure if any of the diets provide that - and if they do, which kind??? like fatfree or sugarfree or lowfat, or somefat, slowchurned fatfree,or yogurt, or do I just pass it up like what the heck, if someone can tell me what that means I would appreciate it, I'am so sorry for this long thread, but I really would like help losing weight, I did join a gym, but its not like I can lift weights or do tons of excercise or I might get another hernia from my lose stomach muscles, I think walking would be my best bet, but its so hard because of the nerve damage in my leg where I could fall,Im just so grateful that I have a beautiful daughter that still loves me and a nice kind husband that couldve left me when the rough got going but he stuck around when I almost died, and stayed with me litteraly thru thick and thin, if you could please tell me how to keep track of my calories, and above all protein, and what foods will boost my energy levels, I would really appreciate it, I could use all the help I can get right now, all I know is diet pills, and surgeries and nutrisystem, and medifast, all that didnt help sometimes you just get bigger, or sometimes, you dont make it all, but I did survive, just with alot of problems, now I want my life back, and want to learn how to keep the weight off, thanks for anyone who wants to throw me aline to help me out, thanks again Meadowrayne
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:27 PM   #26
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Default Tried Jenny Craig after first baby, now about to start Freshology

After my daughter was born I was on Jenny Craig for a few months to lose the last 20 pounds. The novelty of it was what helped me lose the weight, not the quality of the food. Don't get me wrong, the desserts were pretty good and I lived on the Chicken Fajitas/ turkey burgers but there is something about eating all that processed food that just turns me off. One benefit was it's inexpensive- ~$100/week.

Now I need to lose a good 20-30 pounds after baby #2 and my body seems to be more stubborn this time around. I'm working out 5-6 days/week so I'm toned but thick all over- if it's possible to be both at the same time!

I've just put in a two week Freshology GetSlim Gold order, and I'll begin "eating" and not "dieting" as they say- lol- next Wednesday. Once I have some info on them, I'll report back. There is no way a morsel of food outside their plan will pass my lips when I'm paying almost $1500/month for the food...I can promise you that right now.

Sometimes you just need a change. I can lose this weight on my own, but I'm SO sick of yogurt and fruit, grilled chicken w/ salad, stir-fried vegetables......I'm hoping Freshology will be the ticket.

On the downside, for those of you with families- I still need to cook them all dinner every night! I hope this food is excellent given the price. Buying a new wardrobe would surely be more costly than getting back into my pre-baby clothes.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:23 PM   #27
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Talking Freshology is pretty good- lost 4 pounds!

So today is the end of my first week on GetSlim Gold, which is one of the programs that Freshology offers. Despite being ungodly expensive, there's no doubt this works. I've lost 4 pounds this week and while I hope to keep this kind of weight loss up, I don't expect to lose that much every week. The food is actually really good. It arrives with a freezer pack and I know it's chilled because the ice packs are still frozen.

The chocolate chip muffin has to be my favorite breakfast! The dinners are all really tasty- desserts are tiny but yummy- I'm impressed with this program.

After the first two weeks, I'm going to drop to 5 days/week to save a few $$$.

I can't believe what a big difference 4 pounds makes. I feel like I've just woken up :-)
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:06 PM   #28
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I received a super deal from Fresh Diets ($24.99/day, plus 1 week free). I could not pass it up! That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks. The food is fresh and delivered daily. There is great variety. I select my meals from a menu of 4-5 choices. I can select foods I dislike and they let me know when I select a food with that item. Also, it steers me towards low carb options.

My only complaint is the romaine lettuce. It wasn't the freshest. I stopped selecting it and now I'm happy. I cannot handle the regular price tag, but if another deal like this comes up, I'll nab it.
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One benefit was it's inexpensive- ~$100/week.
That's actually not bad at all, considering what three meals a day would be anyway. About $6.00 a meal isn't too bad.
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